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mitrovica-bridge-still-dividing-instead-of-uniting-kosovo-02-12-2017 Interview 13 Feb 17

Mitrovica Bridge Still Dividing Instead of Uniting Kosovo

Kosovo, Serbian and international actors are going from one mistake to another as they try to resolve the issue of the infamous bridge in Mitrovica, Nexhmedin Spahiu says.

mayor-of-presevo-disapproving-territories-exchange-proposal-02-06-2017 interview 07 Feb 17

Presevo Mayor: Territorial Swap Would Destabilise Balkans

The mayor of Serbia's predominantly ethnic Albanian town of Presevo dismissed a US Congressman's idea of swapping mainly Albanian parts of southern Serbia for the Serb-populated part of northern Kosovo.

despite-the-boycott-the-import-from-serbia-increased-01-19-2017 Feature 23 Jan 17

Kosovo Shoppers Find it Hard to Shun Serbian Goods

The latest friction with Serbia over a train has revived calls in Kosovo for a boycott of Serbian products - but shops that do not stock Serbian goods remain few and far between.

kosovo-s-serbs-feel-frightened-insecure-and-misused-01-19-2017 Feature 19 Jan 17

Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

serbia-s-agenda-with-train-to-nowhere-remains-mysterious-01-18-2017 Comment 19 Jan 17

Serbia’s Agenda With ‘Train to Nowhere’ Remains Mysterious

Belgrade clearly banked on eliciting a stormy reaction from Kosovo by dispatching a train to Mitrovica; whether this drama was a designed to put Kosovo in the wrong - or was a simple miscalculation - is less clear.

multi-ethnic-states-have-failed-in-the-balkans-01-16-2017 Comment 16 Jan 17

Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans

In response to Jasmin Mujanovic’s comment article, ‘New Partitions are the Last Thing the Balkans Need,’ Timothy Less maintains that the Balkan countries lack even the most basic elements needed to make multi-ethnicity work, so it is time to consider a new territorial settlement.

battle-over-trepca-strains-kosovo-serbia-relations-11-27-2016 Analysis 28 Nov 16

Battle Over Trepca Strains Kosovo-Serbia Relations

The dispute over the Trepca complex is becoming one of the biggest stumbling blocks in Kosovo-Serbia relations - but the issue has been smouldering for decades.

kosovo-serbia-brezovica-case-conundrum-11-10-2016 Analysis 11 Nov 16

Kosovo, Serbia: Brezovica Case Conundrum

The failed privatisation of Brezovica ski complex reveals the density of legal and political battles between Belgrade and Pristina over assets in Kosovo.

kosovo-and-serbia-tussle-over-yugoslav-assets-11-04-2016 Analysis 07 Nov 16

Kosovo and Serbia Tussle Over Yugoslav Assets

Kosovo’s privatisation process remains dogged by disputes with Serbia over who holds the right over companies established during the Yugoslav era.

for-serbia-s-pm-kosovo-is-just-a-campaign-tool-10-28-2016 Comment 28 Oct 16

For Serbia’s PM, Kosovo is Just a Campaign Tool

The recent dramas in Serbia over Kosovo should not fool anyone; for Vucic, the ‘southern province’ issue is just a tool in a non-stop election campaign.

highs-and-downs-in-relations-between-listasrpska-and-kosovo-institutions-10-11-2016 profile 19 Oct 16

Serb Party Pushes Belgrade’s Agenda in Kosovo

The main Kosovo Serb party’s boycott of parliament shows that its decisions are guided by Belgrade, while also highlighting Pristina political leaders’ inability to integrate the country’s Serb minority.

kosovo-s-privatisation-process-obstructed-by-serbia-10-13-2016 Analysis 17 Oct 16

Kosovo’s Privatisation Process Obstructed by Serbia

Kosovo’s efforts to privatise state companies from the Yugoslav era have continued to face strong opposition from Serbia, which has been seeking to assert control over key assets in its former province.

kosovo-serbia-agreements-were-doomed-from-the-start-10-10-2016 Comment 11 Oct 16

Kosovo-Serbia Agreements Were Doomed From the Start

It is no surprise that none of the four agreements signed last year have got anywhere when both governments have been insincere about the normalisation process from the beginning.

kosovo-war-ex-prisoners-fear-arrest-in-serbia-08-22-2016 Feature 25 Aug 16

Kosovo War Ex-Prisoners Fear Arrest in Serbia

Kosovo Albanians detained during wartime by the Serbian authorities still fear that they could be re-arrested, as the case of a man held last week at the Croatia-Serbia border highlighted.

kosovo-sporting-heroine-sets-her-sights-on-rio-07-01-2016 feature 01 Jul 16

Kosovo Sporting Heroine Sets her Sights on Rio

Judoka Champion Majlinda Kelmendi is hoping for a medal at Rio where she will represent Kosovo in the country’s first-ever Olympic Games.